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33. THE ANTS
OF RENNELL AND BELLONA ISLANDS
MUSEUM OF COMPARATIVE ZOOLOGY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY,
CAMBRIDGE, MASS., U.S.A.
The ant fauna of Rennell Island and its small neighbor, Bellona Island, was completely
unknown until 1934, when W. M.Wheeler listed several species collected by Maurice
Willows, Jr., during the Templeton Crocker Expedition of 1933. The picture is now
considerably strengthened by the addition of the material to be reported upon in the
present paper. This material comes from three sources : the Danish Expedition (Dan.
Exp.), which as a subsidiary enterprise of the Galathea Expedition Round the World
1950-52, stayed on Rennell Island from 12 October to 14 November, 1951, under the
direction of Dr. Torben Wolff (Wolff, 1955a and 1955b); a British expedition (Brit.
Exp.) conducted on Rennell Island from 15 October to 27 November 1953 by Mr. J. D.
Bradley and Mrs. Diana Bradley under the auspices of the British Museum (Natural
History) (Bradley 1955); and a private collection made on Rennell and Bellona dur-
ing November 20-30, 1955, by Mr. E. S. Brown. The Danish collection is deposited in
the Zoological Museum of Copenhagen and the Bradley and Brown collections in the
British Museum (Natural History). The author wishes to express his appreciation to
these institutions and to the collectors mentioned for the opportunity of studying this
The basis of our present knowledge of the ants of the Solomon Islands as a whole
is the monograph published by W. M. Mann in 1919. This is an unusually sound and
thorough work of its kind, partly because Mann collected in the islands himself, from
19 May to 24 November 1916. An entertaining account of his experiences during these
early and difficult times is given in his well-known autobiography, "Ant Hill Odyssey".
More recently, the present author has been revising the ants of the Solomons as part
of a larger study of the Melanesian fauna (Wilson, 1958 and 1959a). The available
collections from the main islands of the Solomons have been growing rapidly, thanks
largely to the collecting program of the B. P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu, under the
direction of J. L. Gressitt.
THE ANTS OF RENNELL ISLAND
Trachymesopus stigma (Fabricius)
Record: Lavanggu (Dan. Exp. L357); cultivated area with Carica Papaya, on decay-
, ing wood and on and in ground. The single worker was probably collected in a rotting
log, the preferred if not exclusive microhabitat of the species in the remainder of
T. stigma is one of the most widespread of all ponerine species. It is found both iii
the New World and Old World tropics; in the latter it occurs from southern China to
Queensland, Micronesia, outer Melanesia, and Samoa. As noted elsewhere (Wilson,
1858), there does not appear to be any significant geographic variation over this vast
range. In both hemispheres stigma has been collected from the interior of relatively
undisturbed native forests, where it lives in apparent compatibiUty with local endemic
faunas of the most diverse kinds. Its ultimate origin is unknown, but the New World
tropics seem the most likely possibility, since the most closely related species occur
there. Perhaps it was introduced by man into the Old World and has thrived by virtue
of its choice of nesting site. I have already shown (1959 c) that in New Guinea it is a
member of a small, ecologically isolated group of species that are mostly limited in
their activities to larger rotting logs in intermediate stages of decomposition.
Leptogenys ?foreli Mann
Record: Hutuna (Brit. Exp.); Te-Uhungango (Brit. Exp.). Two males are tentatively
identified as either /ore/« Mann or the closely related truncata Mann. Males have never
been associated with either of these species, but the Rennell specimens correspond
closely in size, sculpturing, and petiole form to the worker caste. Of the two possibili-
ties, foreli is the more likely, since it is known to range widely from New Guinea to the
New Hebrides, while truncata is known only from the type coUectioafrorcLthe Santa
Odontomachus simillimus Fr. Smith
Records: Lavanggu (Dan. Exp. L352, L356, L357, L372, L374, L390); Niupani
(Dan. Exp. L378, L385; Brit. Exp.); Te-Avamanggu (Dan. Exp. L364, L365); Hu-
tuna, worker and four males (Brit. Exp.). The large number of records suggests that
simillimus is one of the more abundant species on Rennell. It was collected in a wide
array of habitats : sandy grass-plain near shore, open cultivated places, low vegetation
near lake, young forest (about 3 m. high) on previously cultivated area, and rain
forest. This is also an extremely abundant and versatile species elsewhere in Melanesia
(Wilson, 1959a). Wheeler (1934) has previously recorded it from Kanggava Bay
(Lavanggu?), Rennell I., and the northwest end of Bellona Island. I have also seen
workers collected on Bellona by E.S.Brown in 1955.
O.simillimus is the most widely distributed of all Indo- Australian ponerine ants,
ocurring through most of tropical Asia and the Pacific Region. It does not appear to
show significant geographical variation.
Odontomachus ?inalignus Fr. Smith
Record : Te-Uhungango, 3 males (Brit. Exp.). Three large, yellow Odontomachus males
have been tentatively identified as this species. The only members of the genus known
from the Solomon and Santa Cruz Islands besides simillimus are emeryi Mann and
malignus Fr. Smith. Males have never been associated with workers in either case. Of
the two, malignus has the wider distribution, being the only one to reach the Santa
Cruz Islands, and its ecological range ideally suits it for the colonization of smaller
islands (Wilson, 1959 a). Moreover, the Te-Uhungango males are closer to the pre-
dicted size for malignus than they are for emeryi.
Cerapachys inconspicua Emery
Record : Hutuna (Brit. Exp.). A single male compares well with definitely determined
specimens from the lower Busu River, New Guinea. C. inconspicua is the most wide-
spread member of the genus in Melanesia, ranging from Netherlands New Guinea to
the eastern Solomons.
?Cerapachys (Syscia) sp.
Record: Te-Uhungango, male (Brit. Exp.). A single specimen has been placed tenta-
tively in Syscia. Unfortunately, no males of this subgenus have ever been associated
with workers, but the specimen at bans is in or close to Cerapachys and seems to show
modifications in body form similar to those in the Syscia worker caste. Only one
species of Syscia, pawa Mann, has been recorded from the Solomon Islands.
Pheidole oceanica Mayr
Records: Hutuna (Brit. Exp.); Te-Uhungango (Brit. Exp.); Tingoa (Brit. Exp.). Minor
workers and soldiers. This species ranges, with little or no significant geographic
variation, from New Guinea northward into Micronesia and eastward through Me-
lanesia (including New Caledonia) across Polynesia as far east as the Marquesas. It
may be native to most or all of this range. In evidence is the fact that the distribution
is continuous but strictly limited westward by New Guinea and eastward by the Mar-
quesas. Also, its closest relative is P. impressiceps Mayr, which is undoubtedly native
to New Guinea.
Pheidole umbonata Mayr
Records : Hutuna (Brit. Exp.) ; Te-Uhungango (Brit. Exp.) ; single queens ; Lavanggu
(E.S.Brown). Minor workers and soldiers. This little species occurs continuously
from New Guinea to Micronesia, through outer Melanesia, and into Polynesia as far
east as the Society Islands. Geographic variation has been noted in size and colora-
tion, especially in the soldier caste. The Lavanggu series conforins to the central
Melanesian populations in these two characters.
Tetramorium pacificum Mayr
Record: Hutuna (Brit. Exp.). Wheeler (1934) also records the species from the north-
western end of Bellona Island.
T. pacificum ranges widely through tropical Asia and the Pacific, as far east as the
Society Islands. There is little or no significant geographic variation within this great
Tetramorium tonganum Mayr
Record: Te-Uhungango (Brit. Exp.). A single, headless alate queen probably belongs
to this species. Tonganum occurs more or less continuously from New Britain to east-
ern Polynesia and is probably native to most or all of this range.
Monomorium destructor (Jerdon)
Records: Tingoa (Brit. Exp.); Lavanggu (E.S.Brown). This species is a pantropical
tramp probably originating from tropical Asia. It occurs sporadically in the Pacific
Region, e.g., on New Guinea and Rurotonga. The present record is the first from
any part of the Solomon Islands.
VoUenhovia oblonga (Fr. Smith)
Records: Hutuna (Brit. Exp.), winged queen; Lavanggu (Dan. Exp. L372), winged
queens, from rain forest. This is the most widely distributed species of VoUenhovia,
occurring from Indonesia to the New Hebrides and New Caledonia. The Rennell
queens do not differ significantly from several specimens of the same caste from Santa
Cruz; no ther queen material was available for comparison during the present study.
As noted by Mann (1919) in the Solomons and myself (1959c) in New Guinea, colo-
nies normally nest under the bark of rotting logs in rain forest.
Record : Hutuna (Brit. Exp.) ; a single male. This is the first record of the genus from
the Solomon Islands. The closest species geographically is cataulacoidea (Stitz) of New
Guinea. Since the male of cataulacoidea is unknown, the position of the Rennell spe-
cimen cannot be determined at this time.
Iridomyrmex cordatus (Fr. Smith)
Records: Hutuna (Brit. Exp.), winged queen; Lavanggu (Dan. Exp. L372); worker
from rain forest; Te-Uhungango (Brit. Exp.), winged queens.
I. cordatus as presently conceived includes I.myrmecodiae Emery. The species is,
next to /. anceps (Roger), the most widespread of the Old World Iridomyrmex. It oc-
curs continuously from the tropical mainland of Asia to Queensland and east through
the Santa Cruz Islands. The worker and queen castes show considerable geographic
variation in several characters, including size, extent of polymorphism, and coloration.
The single worker and small series of queens from Rennell resemble exactly the small,
bicolorous form that makes up most of the Solomons and Santa Cruz populations.
Turneria dahli Forel
Record: Hutuna (Brit. Exp.), a single winged queen. The single individual presents a
puzzling array of characters that seem to place it intermediately between dahli Forel
and pacifica Mann but somewhat closer to the former species. It has been compared
with queens of dahli from New Britain and pacifica from the New Hebrides (Espiritu
Santo). These two samples differ as follows: (1) dahli has a somewhat more elongate
head, with more acute occipital angles; (2) dahli has at most one or two standing pairs
on the sides of the head posterior to the eyes, v/hsresis pacifica has numerous standing
hairs in these areas; (3) in dahli vein Rs+4 is distinctly longer than the second radial
crossvein, while in pacifica the two veins are equal in length; (4) dahli is concolorous
dark brown, while in pacifica the gaster alone is dark brown, with the remainder of the
body yellowish red. From collections recently acquired from several sources, it is now
known that dahli occurs from New Britain to Espiritu Santo, a.ndpacifica occurs from
Santa Cruz to Espiritu Santo. Thus the two species are sympatric through the entire
known range of pacifica. The Rennell specimen resembles dahli in characters (3) and
(4) and pacifica in (2). It has the elongate head shape of dahli but more rounded occi-
pital corners approching the condition of pacifica; thus in head shape it is somewhat
closer to the New Britain dahli but in this respect is closely approached by dahli work-
ers (no queens available) from Espiritu Santo. These morphological considerations,
plus the fact that dahli is the most wide-ranging of all Turneria, have led to the present
tentative determination of the Rennell specimen. It is interesting that no Turneria have
yet been collected from the main part of the Solomon Islands, although the genus al-
most certainly occurs there. It is evidently rare throughout most of its range, but on
Espiritu Santo the author found dahli and pacifica to be among the dominant arboreal
ants. A principal factor responsible for the unexpected success of the genus in the
New Hebrides appears to be the lack of competitors found elsewhere in Melanesia,
e.g., the genus Iridomyrmex.
Tapinoma melanocephalum (Fabricius)
Record : Hutuna (Brit. Exp.).
T. melanocephalum is a pantropical tramp species, possibly of Old World origin.
It appears to have been introduced by man into Melanesia, where it is spottily distri-
buted in cultivated areas.
Technomyrmex albipes (Fr. Smith)
Record : Hutuna, 2 males (Brit. Exp.). This is one of the most widespread of the Indo-
Australian dolichoderines, ranging continously from tropical Asia to eastern Poly-
Anoplolepis longipes (Jerdon)
Records: Hutuna (Brit. Exp.); Te-Uhungango (Brit. Exp.). This distinctive species,
which is probably native to Africa, has been spread throughout the Pacific Islands by
Paratrechina (Nylanderia) minutula (Forel)
Records: Niupani (Dan. Exp. L385), a single dealated queen collected in low vegeta-
tion near Lake Te-Nggano. Te-uhungango and Tingoa (Brit. Exp.), single males. This
species has been recorded from many scattered localities in the Indo-Australian region,
within the area bounded by Formosa, Western Australia, Lord Howe Island, Guani,
and Samoa. Very possibly it has been introduced by man into part of its range. Mann
(1919) records it from Ugi and Santa Isabel in the Solomon Islands.
Paratrechina (Nylanderia) vaga (Forel)
Records: Hutuna (Brit. Exp.), workers and males; Lavanggu (Dan. Exp., L351,
L358, L359, L360, L374, L390), workers, dealate queen, and male: Te-Avamanggu
(Dan. Exp., L364), worker; Te-Maingga (Dan. Exp. L362) workers; Te-Uhungango
(Brit. Exp.), workers. This species is extremely adaptable. The Danish Expedition
collected it from almost every principal habitat on Rennell, including the following:
sandy beach, under leaves; coconut grove; secondary (3-m.-high) rain forest; mature
P. vaga occurs more or less continuously from Queensland and New Guinea east
across the Pacific as far as Juan Fernandez. It is one of the most abundant ant species
in Polynesia. The Rennell series show surprising internidal variation in total size, con-
vexity of thoracic dorsum, density of pilosity, density of cuticular shagreening, and
depth of color. This variation is nearly continuous, embracing none of the forms
identical with other Nylanderia species known to be sympatric with vaga elsewhere ;
hence all of the series have been placed here under vaga. It is probable that Wheeler's
(1934) record of ''obscura var." from Kungava Bay was based on a darker, shinier
specimen of vaga.
Camponotus (Colobopsis) spp. (2)
Records: Lavanggu (Dan. Exp. L356), a single winged queen; Te-Uhungango (Brit.
Exp.), three winged queens, several males; Hutuna (Brit. Exp.), 2 winged queens.
These specimens, representing two species, cannot be determined at present. .
Camponotus (Myrmamblys) reticulatus Roger
Records: Lavanggu (Dan. Exp., L374, L390), workers; Te-Maingga (Dan. Exp.,
L362), worker: Te-Avamanggu (Dan. Exp., L364), worker. Collections were made
in a variety of habitats, including cultivated area with open coconut grove, young se-
condary forest, and mature rain forest. Wheeler (1934) records reticulatus (= bedoti)
from KanggavaBay (Lavanggu?), Rennell Island, and from the northwestern corner
of Bellona Island.
C. reticulatus occurs from India to Queensland and throughout Melanesia as far
east as Nupani and Anuda in the Santa Cruz Group. It is especially abundant in
central and eastern Melanesia, where it occurs even on such remote islands as Sikaiana.
The terminal populations (India, Queensland, Solomons) can be distinguished from
each other on the basis of characters in size, sculpturing, and coloration. During the
present study there was not enough material to determine whether any significant
differentiation occurs inside Melanesia. Minor workers available in limited series from
eastern New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Santa Cruz Islands appear nearly
identical to each other.
Polyrhachis (Hedomyrma) annae Mann
Records: Hutuna (Brit. Exp.), worker; Lavanggu (Dan. Exp., L351, L352, L357,
L389; E.S.Brown), workers, dealate queen; Morange (Brown), worker; Niupani
(Brown), worker; Te-Uhungango (Brown), worker. At Lavanggu the species was
collected in a cultivated area containing Carica Papaya trees, in coconut groves, and
in a grove of Pandanus growing on bare coral rock. Wheeler (1934) records the spe-
cies from Kahggava Bay (at Lavanggu), Rennell I., and the northwestern end of
P. annae is now known from the following islands in the Solomons and Santa Cruz
Groups: Bellona, Guadalcanal, Malapaina, Matema, Rennell, San Cristoval, Santa
Cruz. I have seen two workers of a related, undescribed species from Simba Mission,
Bougainville, in the collection of the B. P. Bishop Museum.
Polyrhachis (Myrna) relucens (Latreille)
Records: Lavanggu (Dan. Exp. L351, L352, L374, L389; E.S.Brown); Niupani
(Dan. Exp., L371 ; Brown) ; Te-Avamanggu (Dan. Exp., L 367); Te-Uhungango (Brit.
Exp.); Tingoa (Brit. Exp.); Hutuna (Brit. Exp.), male; Morange (Brown). The spe-
cies is one of the most widely distributed of Indo-Australian Po/yrAacAw, ranging con-
tinuously from New Guinea to northern Queensland and through Melanesia to the
island of Vanikoro. On Rennell Island it apparently occurs mostly in open situations.
The Danish Expedition collected it in coconut groves, grassy areas near Lake Te-
nggano, in cultivated areas, and in small (3-m.-high) secondary forest.
P. relucens shows marked geographic variation in size, body form (especially spine
form), pilosity, and coloration. In the present study I have been able to examine series
from New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Islands, and Santa Cruz Islands. In all charac-
ters the Rennell samples most closely resemble those from Santa Cruz and Vanikoro,
and in several characters they depart notably from the Solomons samples (Santa Isa-
bel, Ugi). This affinity between the Rennell and Santa Cruz populations is unexpected
in view of the much greater geographic proximity of the Solomons proper to Rennell.
GENERAL REMARKS ON THE RENNELL FAUNA
A total of 25 species of ants, representing 17 genera, are now known from Rennell
Island. The number undoubtedly represents a large percentage, perhaps a majority,
of the species actually present, but it is almost certainly still incomplete. In evidence
is the fact that no small ponerines or cryptobiotic myrmicines have yet been collected,
although judging from the faunas of better-known islands of similar size and isola-
tion, several species can be expected to occur there. Also, three arboricolous genera,
Dilobocondyla, Turneria, and Camponotus (Colobopsis), are represented in collections
by a few winged specimens taken at light, leaving the impression that this ecological
segment of the fauna has only been touched lightly, as also stated by Wolff (1955 b,
Of the 25 species, 4 (in Cerapachys , Dilobocondyla, and Colobopsis) are indeter-
minate to species. They belong to genera with high degrees of specific endemicity
(precinctiveness) in Melanesia and hence are very likely native or perhaps even ende-
mic to Rennell, but their status can be decided only by the examination of more ma-
terial than is now available. The remaining 21 species have been determined and can
be analyzed zoogeographically. Of the 21, 3 ( Monomorium destructor, Tapinoma me-
lanocephalum, Anoplolepis longipes) have been introduced into the Solomons by man.
Ten or eleven of the species (Trachymesopus stigma, Odontomachus simillimus , prob-
ably O. malignus, Tetramorium pacificum, Vollenhovia oblonga, Pheidole oceanica, P.
umbonata, Iridomyrmex cordatus, Paratrechina minutula, and Camponotus reticulatus)
are among the most widespread ant species native to the Indo-Australian Region;
each ranges from tropical Asia to at least as far as outer Melanesia. Three or four
species (Cerapachys inconspicuua, Paratrechina vaga, Polyrhachis relucens, probably
Leptogenys foreli) are limited to Melanesia but widespread from New Guinea at least
to the Solomons and Santa Cruz Groups. Two species (Tetramorium tonganum, Tur-
neria dahli) are confined to the islands east of New Guinea, but are still relatively
widespread, occurring from New Britain to the New Hebrides or beyond. Another
species (Polyrhachis annae) is known only from the Solomons and Santa Cruz Groups.
Not a single one of the known Rennell ants is endemic (precinctive) to the island.
In summary, Rennell appears to be populated chiefly by species that are wide-
spread elsewhere in the Pacific. Of the twenty species considered to be native to Ren-
nell none is peculiar to the island, and only one is limited elsewhere to the Solomons
and'santa Cruz Islands as a whole. At least seventeen, or 85 %, are in what I have re-
ferred to elsewhere (1959 b) as "Stage-I" in the speciation pattern exhibited generally
by Pacific ants; that is, they range widely and continuously out of one or the other of
the three principal faunal source areas Australia, tropical Asia, and New Guinea.
They are relatively recent invaders of the Solomons and have not yet undergone differ-
entiation at the species level. The proportion of Stage-I species on Rennell is very high.
It can be compared with the following percentages of Stage-I species in the subfamily
Ponerinae for various other parts of Melanesia and Polynesia: New Guinea 22%,
Bismarck Archipelago 56 %, Solomons 49 %, New Hebrides 82 %, Fiji 18 %, Samoa
83 %, Society Is. 100 %.
The Rennell fauna conforms to two rules of Pacific ant geography that have emer-
ged in recent studies. The first is implied in the data given above, that with all other
factors being approximately equal, the proportion of Stage-I species increases out-
ward from the principal faunal source areas. The second is a simple corollary of the
first: with increasing distance from the source areas the percentage of endemicity de-
creases. Both trends are reversed on the Fiji Islands and New Caledonia, which are
old land masses that have been the sites of much local difiFerentiation and radiation
in ants. Finally, it may be noted that the increase of Stage-I elements at the expense
of older, Melanesian-endemic elements in isolated islands results in the "oceanic"
affinities of the Rennell ant fauna, a phenomenon similar to that already observed in
the Rennell vertebrate fauna by several zoogeographers (Mayr, 1931; Braestrup, 1958;
Volsoe, 1958). In fact, to call the Rennell fauna "oceanic" is, at least with respect to
the ants, just another way of saying that the Rennell species are predominantly in
Stage-I. I have discussed the reasons for this interesting effect in my earlier paper on
the Melanesian Ponerinae (Wilson, 1959 b). The geographic and ecological evidence
suggest that the Stage-I species are generally endowed with (1) superior dispersal
powers; and (2) the ability to thrive in "marginal habitats" on the larger islands of
Melanesia and thus avoid competition with the major part of the older (Stage-II and
III) fauna, which is concentrated in the more luxuriant parts of the rain forest.
Isolated islands such as Rennell tend to be populated heavily by Stage-I species
both because they can be reached only by a minority of groups with adequate dispersal
facilities and because a relatively large percentage of their area is covered by the mar-
ginal habitats favored by Stage-I species. These conclusions are in essential agreement
with the independent opinion of Braestrup (1958) concerning the origin of the verte-
brate fauna of Rennell Island.
THE ANTS OF B ELLON A ISLAND
Collections from Bellona are perhaps still too incomplete to allow a critical evaluation
of the composition of the fauna. Perhaps the most that can be said is that the majority
of both the native and introduced species have been found on Rennell Island also.
By far the most distinctive element discovered so far is the monotypic genus Willow-
siella, described from a single worker from Bellona by Wheeler in 1934. Wheeler has
placed Willowsiella in the tribe Meranoplini, considering it a distinct, somewhat pri-
mitive genus perhaps closest to Promeranoplus and Prodicroaspis of New Caledonia.
If this placement were correct, Willowsiella would hold a strikingly anomalous zoo-
geographic position, since no other meranopline species are known to occur in the
main arc of Melanesian islands east of New Guinea. In the opinion of the present
author, Willowsiella actually belongs in the Tetramoriini. Its entire body form and
propodeal spine structure seem to place it not far from Triglyphothrix and Romblon-
ella, two genera strongly developed in the western Pacific. The unusual shapes of the
petiolar and post petiolar nodes can on close examination be seen to be but a sHght
exaggeration of a morphological trend already apparent in at least one true Triglypho-
thrix species, T.pacifica Mann. The light body sculpturing and simple pilosity never-
, theless serve to set off Willowsiella as distinct from the Indo-Australian Triglyphothrix,
while the lack of an antennal scrobe distinguishes it from Romblonella. Another note-
worthy Bellona record, established in the present study, is that of an undetermined
Pheidole (Pheidolacanthinus) , a subgenus hitherto unknown from Rennell.
Below are listed all of the available records of Bellona ants. These include the
original records based on the collections of the Templeton Crocker Expedition by
Wheeler (1934) and the British Museum collections studied by the present author.
Note that the Bradleys' label Matahenua refers to the area between Ahanga, on the
coast, and the interior village of Matahenua; both localities are at the northwestern
end of the island.
Odontomachus simillimus Fr. Smith. Northwestern end of island (Templeton Cro-
Willowsiella dispar Wheeler. Northwestern end of island (Templeton Crocker
Pheidole (P.) oceanica Mayr. Kapata (E.S.Brown).
Pheidole (Pheidolacanthinus) sp. A single indeterminate minor worker was col-
lected by E. S. Brown.
Tetramorium pacificum Mayr. Northwestern end of island (Templeton Crocker
Tetramorium melanogyna var. pallidiventre Wheeler. Northwestern end of island.
"Worker. Differing from the typical melanogyna in having the gaster yellow instead
of fuscous. The mandibles and legs are of the same yellow color as the gaster, the
knees, however, are infuscated. The petiolar and post petiolar nodes are as coarsely
reticulate-rugose as the thorax and the marginations are less distinct." No attempt
has been made to re-evaluate the status of this form, which was based on a single
Mdomyrmex cordatus (Fr. Smith). Matahenua, winged queens, 20.-30. Nov. 1953
(Brit. Exp.). A long series of workers were collected on the island by E.S.Brown in
Anoplolepis longipes (Jerdon). Matahenua, males, 20.-30. Nov. 1953 (Brit. Exp.).
A series of workers were collected on the island by E. S. Brown.
Paratrechina (Nylanderia) minutula Forel, male, 20.-30. Nov. 1953 (Brit. Exp.);
no further locality, workers (E.S.Brown).
Camponotus (Colobopsis) spp. (2). One of the two species is the same as that re-
corded from Rennell I. (q.v.).
Camponotus (Myrmamblys) reticulatus Roger. Northwestern end of island
(Templeton Crocker Exp.) ; no further locality (E. S. Brown).
Polyrhachis ( Hedomyrma) annae Mann. Northwestern end of island (Templeton
Crocker Exp.); no further locality (E.S.Brown).
Polyrhachis (Myrma) relucens (Latreille). No further locality (E.S.Brown).
Bradley, J. D., 1955 : 3. Account and list of stations of the British Museum (Natural
History) Expedition, 1953 - The Natural History of Rennell Island, British Solo-
mon Islands, 1: 43-57.
Braestrup, F. W., 1958: 9. The significance of the strong "oceanic" affinities of the
vertebrate fauna on Rennell Island. - Ibid., 1: 135-148.
Mann, W. M., 1919: The ants of the British Solomon Islands - Bull. Mus. Comp.
Zool. Harvard, 63: 273-391.
- 1948: Ant Hill Odyssey. Little, Brown and Co., Boston.
VOLS0E, H., 1958 : 8. Herpetology of Rennell Island - The Natural History of Rennell
Island, British Solomon Islands, 1: 121-134.
Wheeler, W. M., 1934: Formicidae of the Templeton Crocker Expedition, 1933 -
Proc. California Acad. Sci., 21: 173-181.
Wilson, E. O., 1958 : Studies on the ant fauna of Melanesia, I-IV - Bull. Mus. Comp.
Zool. Harvard, 118: 102-153, 119: 303-371.
- 1959: Studies on the ant fauna of Melanesia, V - Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard,
- 1959 b: Adaptive shift and dispersal in a tropical ant fauna - Evolution, 13: 122-
- 1959 c: Some ecological characteristics of ants in New Guinea rain forests - Eco-
logy, 40: 437-447.
Wolff, T., 1955 a: 1. Introduction - The Natural History of Rennell Island, British
Solomon Islands, 1: 9-31.
- 1955b: 2. Account and List of Stations of the Danish Rennell Expedition
Ibid., 1: 33-41.